Tourism Minister Unveils APPWA’s 2023-2026 Strategic Plan


By Abubakarr Harding

The All Political Party Women Association (APPWA) Strategic Plan 2023-2026 was launched by the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr. Memunatu Pratt at Country Lodge Hotel in Freetown on the 15th December, 2022. Dr Memunatu Pratt did the launching on behalf of the First Lady, Dr. Fatima Bio.

It must be noted that the Strategic Plan was developed by its Executive Members in a participatory approach during a three-day retreat in December, 2022 with support from UN Women. The primary objective of APPWA, it must be noted, is to promote women’s empowerment and political participation. It also seeks to play an essential role in encouraging political dialogue and cooperation among all political parties and promoting political tolerance and non-violence.

Launching the Strategic Plan on behalf of the First Lady, Dr. Memunatu Pratt expressed delight at giving the keynote address and also launching APPWA strategic plan. She explained that the plan provides an opportunity for the organization to build its human and infrastructural resources. “We have witnessed decades of deprivation, lack of inclusivity, education, training and political will in providing the space for equal opportunities and gender parity, but I thank President Bio for passing the Gender Bill into law which is the catalyst for commitment and political will to commence the journey of actual legislative promotion of women participation in politics and achieving gender equity,” she said.

She gave a brief run-down of the political history of Sierra Leone and the role played by women in the protection of their territories against other antagonizing warring ethnic groups. She mentioned the challenges faced by women leaders and proffered solutions in addressing those obstacles.

She concluded by emphasizing that women’s engagement in politics is critical for successful governance.

The Minister, on behalf of the First Lady, Dr. Fatima Maada Bio congratulated APPWA for the development of the Strategic Plan and encouraged all donors and partners to continue supporting APPWA.








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